Frequently Asked Questions
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About the Foundation
Q: Is the Davis Phinney Foundation a nonprofit organization?
A: Yes. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, designated by the Internal Revenue Code.
Q: Does the Davis Phinney Foundation have an endowment?
A: No. The Foundation does not have an endowment. 100% of our funding comes from contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations that generously support our vital work.
Q: How much of the money donated actually goes to programs?
A: The Davis Phinney Foundation is committed to good stewardship of the generous donations and grants we receive as well as to transparency. Please see Our Financials on the About Us page to learn more about how our work is funded and how we strategically spend to ensure more people with Parkinson’s have the information and inspiration to live well today.
Q: Can I volunteer?
A: Yes! We are so grateful for volunteers who play an important role at the Davis Phinney Foundation. To learn more, visit the Volunteers section of our website. Visit the Careers page to learn about the internships to students that we offer as well.
Q: How can I invite the Davis Phinney Foundation to produce The Victory Summit® symposium in my town?
A: We welcome your inquiry for The Victory Summit symposia to come to your area. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with information about your town and Parkinson’s community and we will be in touch with you shortly.
Q: How can I get my organization, book or website listed on the Davis Phinney Foundation website?
A: There are so many touching stories and tributes to lives well lived with Parkinson’s that we are asked to share. The Foundation, however, does not have the staff resources required to vet and maintain an up-to-date database of all the noteworthy organizations and publications that exist, nor are we in a position to fact-check the accuracy of medical information or advice. As such, we do not promote any particular resource (even Davis Phinney’s book) but will gladly feature your inspiring publication on our website under the Resources section.
Q: How can I request a quote or endorsement from the Davis Phinney Foundation for my organization, book or website?
A: Part of our mission is working collaboratively with many local and national Parkinson’s organizations, and as such, we maintain a neutral position and are unable to provide quotes or endorsements.
Q: How can I apply for a research grant from the Davis Phinney Foundation?
A: Application guidelines, funding priorities and deadline information is available on our Research page. We fund innovative quality of life studies that directly effect the lives of people living with Parkinson’s disease today. Our funding cycle is traditionally announced in late January, with preliminary applications due in late March and awards typically announced in July.
Q: Do you have a policy for online sharing (social media)?
A: Yes. Please read the Davis Phinney Foundation Social Media Policy OnlineSharingPolicy.pdf
Q: How can I make a donation?
A: Donations are gladly accepted by mail, by telephone and online. Please visit Ways to Give for more information.
Q: How can I contact the Foundation about my donation?
A: Thank you for your generosity in supporting our vital work. If you have questions about your donation, please contact us by email at email@example.com or call us at 866–358-0285 (toll-free in the U.S.) during business hours (Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm MST).
Q: Is my gift tax-deductible?
A: Every gift to the Davis Phinney Foundation, whether online, by phone or by mail, is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of US law. Each donor receives a receipt acknowledging the donation. Please note that amounts donated for merchandise (such as jerseys) are not fully tax-deductible because the donor receives goods in exchange for the donation.
Q: Is my online gift secure?
A: The Davis Phinney Foundation takes every precaution to protect our donors’ information. Our website uses SSL/TLS protocol to provide encryption and secure identification of the server.
Q: Can I make a donation in honor or in memory of someone?
Q: What is a corporate matching gift, and how can I make one?
A: Many large corporations have matching gift programs and will match your donation to a charitable organization. It’s an easy way to double or even triple your personal contributions to the Davis Phinney Foundation. Talk to your human resources representative to find out if your company has such a program and how you can participate. More information is also available in the section of our website.
Q: Can I raise money for the Davis Phinney Foundation?
A: Absolutely! Team DPF is the Foundation’s grassroots fundraising arm. We are grateful for the support of our grassroots fundraisers throughout the country who raise money for us through bike rides, mountain climbs, sponsorships and other fun and creative events. Learn more about joining Team DPF.
Q: Can I support someone who is a grassroots fundraiser?
A: Yes. People of all ages around the country are biking, hiking, climbing and doing other fun activities to raise money for the Davis Phinney Foundation. We’d love it if you joined them, but you can also lend your support by sponsoring an event participant. Make a donation today to help someone reach his or her fundraising goal! Please visit the Team DPF page of our website to support a grassroots fundraiser today.
Q: How can I invite the Davis Phinney Foundation to put on a bike ride or other event in my town?
A: Though the Foundation itself does not organized rides and other events benefitting the Davis Phinney Foundation, we are so grateful to our grassroots fundraisers. In support of their efforts, we work closely with these groups or individuals to promote information on our website and on social media. Riders or teams can create pledge ride pages through the Davis Phinney Foundation to help raise money so people with Parkinson’s can live better today. For additional information about creating your own event to benefit the Foundation, please check out the Team DPF section of our website.